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Here are some quick facts about Lura. Check out the following links to learn more about Our Services and Our Work.

  • Land Use Research Associates, or Lura, was founded in 1974 by Sally Leppard with a mandate to involve people and organizations in decision-making processes that affect them.
  • Sally Leppard was a pioneer in the field of public consultation in Ontario. Sally helped shape Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act and its requirements to consult with Ontarians about projects with environmental impacts and was one of the first public consultation practitioners in the province.
  • In its early days, the company focused on land use issues such as protecting the Niagara Escarpment and minimizing pollutants in run-off from urban and agricultural areas into the Great Lakes. The “Lura” acronym soon became a fixture in the environmental sector.
  • The company was rebranded in the late ‘80s as Lura Consulting, but still reflects the original philosophy and approach we bring to every project we work on: Listen, Understand, Relate, Advance.
  • Building on our roots in the environmental sector, we’ve engaged individuals and stakeholders in well over 1,100 projects encompassing a broad range of topics areas such as transportation, urban redevelopment, land use, energy, parks planning, health care and social issues.
  • Lura is the largest firm in Ontario that provides community engagement services as a core function of its business. We also integrate engagement activities in projects across all our services areas, which include: Engagement, Strategic Planning, Sustainability & Climate Action, and Behaviour Change.
  • Lura has two offices – you can find us on Concession Street in Hamilton or in the Consumers Road Business Park in Toronto. If we’re not in the office, we’re collaborating with clients or engaging communities all over the province. Sometimes we work from home too, as part of our commitment to sustainability and minimizing our environmental footprint.
  • Our team includes experienced public engagement practitioners as well as subject matter experts in topic areas ranging from environmental management to urban planning, to sustainability and climate action, and project management.

Check back often, we will be updating the "What's New" section monthly with examples of past projects and other news about Lura!

Lura’s CEO, Liz Nield, Nominated for 2017 Hamilton Women of Distinction Award!

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We are delighted to share the news that our CEO, Liz Nield, has been nominated for a 2017 YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Award. These awards recognize outstanding women and organizations who are committed to the development of other women and to the overall improvement of the community. The Women of Distinction Awards are nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for women. Liz’s nomination in the Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship category recognizes her many achievements in engagement, sustainability, and community empowerment.

The awards will be handed out at a gala reception during International Women's Week on March 9, 2017 at The Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s. For more information, check out the recent news coverage in the Hamilton Spectator.

Congrats Liz!

It's Conference Season!

The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and the leaves are changing colour. We all know what this means - fall conference season! Like many of you, Lura staff are embracing the spirit of the season and attending conferences to learn about new areas of interest, share lessons learned from projects that cover a spectrum of disciplines, and reconnect with clients and project partners. If you're attending any of the conferences listed below, be sure to say hi or check out the projects we're speaking about.

2016 AMO Conference, Ottawa, Ontario - August 14-17

Lura's CEO Liz Nield speaks about public engagement beyond the public meeting (with Sean Galloway, City of London and John Ariyo, City of Hamilton).

Livable Cities Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia - September 12-14

Liz leads an interactive "fishbowl" discussion about how different professionals communicate key messages about climate change and adaptation (with Ewa Jackson, ICLEI Canada).

2016 IAP2 North American Conference, Montreal, Quebec - September 28-30

Liz shares insights about the power of participatory design as it relates to her work with the YMCA in Toronto (with Anne-Louise Blaikie, YMCA of Greater Toronto).

2016 OPPI Symposium, Hamilton, Ontaro - October 5 & 6

On October 6, Lura's Vice-President Susan Hall will present a toolkit to advance ecohealth policies developed in collaboration with Planning Solutions Inc. and Ecohealth Ontario. The toolkit will also be presented at the 2016 Latornell Conservation Symposium in Alliston, Ontario, November 15-17.

ACT Canada Sustainable Mobility Summit 2016, Ottawa, Ontario - October 23-26

Jeff Garkowski, Senior Planner and Project Manager at Lura, will speak about two transportation demand projects:

  1. Fostering sustainable transportation choices through behaviour change (with Susan Hall), and
  2. Increasing usage of a commuter lot through individualized marketing in Peel Region (with Judy Yack, Region of Peel).
 IAP2 selfie of Anne-Louise Blaikie (left) and Liz Nield (right).

IAP2 selfie of Anne-Louise Blaikie (left) and Liz Nield (right).

Wanted! Climate Change Coordinator for the Greater Peterborough Area

We are Hiring!

Title: Climate Change Coordinator for the Greater Peterborough Area

MAIN PURPOSE: Provide administration, coordination, and support Lura in assisting our client the Greater Peterborough Area in implementing the Greater Peterborough Area Climate Change Action Plan. As support for Lura Consulting, act as one-window contact for the Climate Change Action Plan project, attending meetings, providing minutes, and coordinating actions recommended in the Climate Change Action Plan. Support Municipalities and community members in reporting greenhouse gas reductions, actions, and activities. Respond to inquiries related to actions, projects, community activities based on knowledge of program, role and function of activities; or refer or redirect inquiries; administer the plan.


  1. Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Reporting Tool: Prepare and maintain Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) program, recording actions, progress, metrics, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures through the Partners’ for Climate Protection Tool.
  2. Community Development: Facilitate and coordinate local community climate change actions.
  3. Administrative Support: Provide administrative support for community groups, working groups, or local organizations as they work through recommended actions, including minute taking, meeting support, correspondence, reporting and tracking.
  4. Technical Support: Provide technical support to all CCAP partners on GHG reduction opportunities, compare to provincial and federal programs and opportunities.
  5. Municipal Support: Assist partner municipalities and First Nations with their annual PCP reporting to track greenhouse gas emissions, compare again respective targets, track activities and programs, suggest and help make changes to programs where appropriate.
  6. Funding, Recognition, and Reporting Applications: Coordinate and prepare funding, recognition and reporting applications, complete required funding reports, track funding, allocate appropriately.
  7. Community Engagement: Engage with the community, promoting CCAP, actions, progress, through community outreach, social media, surveys, media coverage, or other opportunities as they arise.
  8. Research: Assisting in the review of national and international best practices for Community Climate Action Planning.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS: Requires completion of a four year honours university degree in an environmental based program, with some municipal office administration, community development or program management experience. Must have an intermediate skill level using word processing and data base management. Well-developed interpersonal, communication skills (both written and verbal); and the ability to manage competing priorities and coordinate a number of tasks at one time.  Essential ability to work well in a team environment; and provide excellent customer service.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND COMPENSATION: This is full time position at 35 hours per week will be located at the County of Peterborough Court House, or other appointed office. Travel will be required, so the use of a vehicle is an asset, in order to attend community meetings throughout the Greater Peterborough Area. Mileage and expenses will be compensated. Employment position at $18.00/ per hour plus vacation and benefits.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send your resume by August 25, 2016 to info@lura.ca and include “Climate Change Coordinator” in the subject line. We will not respond to telephone calls or calls from staffing agencies. 

Bayview Glen SNAP Receives 2016 CSLA Award

The Bayview Glen Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) was awarded the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects 2016 National Award for public realm retrofits to improve local sustainability. Lura led the development of the SNAP, in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of consultants including Schollen & Company Inc., the Municipal Infrastructure Group and Beyond Energy Code Consulting, through a participatory, community-based approach to identify priority actions that will enhance quality of life and sustainability in the neighbourhood. Congratulations to the project partners at the TRCA and City of Markham and the project team!

Learn more about the Bayview Glen SNAP on the project webpage.